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Savor Food & Wine Festival

Will there be wine? Yes.

Will there be penguins? Yes.

Will there be monkeys? Yassss!

Idk who decided drinking wine at the zoo was a thing, but I'm totally in. Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11th my peeps at Hour Detroit magazine are setting up shop at the Detroit Zoo for a weekend extravaganza of food and drinks.

Come hang with me at The Savor Food & Wine Festival next weekend to sip and dine on goodies from some of the best brands around. 

You know I love my Detroit peeps. I'm super looking forward to hanging with my neighbors over at Eastern Market Brewing Co. and Detroit Hustles Harder.

Get your tickets here!

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All the best,

Candice

 

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BBQ, Booze & Jams: The Pig & Whiskey Festival

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BBQ, Booze & Jams: The Pig & Whiskey Festival

It’s almost time for one of my fav summer festivals.

The Pig & Whiskey is a finger licking, beer & whiskey drinking, good music playing – one hell of a good time.

July 13,14 & 15 the festival will throw down a block party type celebration at 9 Mile and East Troy Street.

 photo credits: instagram of @pigandwhiskey with a shout out to @detroitbbq

photo credits: instagram of @pigandwhiskey with a shout out to @detroitbbq

Michigan’s top BBQ joints will line up to have a cook-off featuring their menu items. Expect pulled pork sammies, ribs & mac ‘n’ cheese galore.

You can wash all these treats down with some of Michigan’s best brews & a plethora of whiskey options.

 photo credits: pig & whiskey via Instagram - props to @greyghost for the lovely cocktail.

photo credits: pig & whiskey via Instagram - props to @greyghost for the lovely cocktail.

Don’t forget to stop by cocktail corner which rotates craft cocktails perfected by some of Detroit and Metro-Detroits best restaurants. Expect to see favorites such as: Grey Ghost, Kiesling, Imperial and Wright & Co.

And OMG Yass bring your pups out! This year Tito’s Vodka has not one, but TWO dog friendly lounge areas with dog goodies, cocktails & games. (a round of a-paws to them ;)

 photo credits: Instagram via @pigandwhiskey

photo credits: Instagram via @pigandwhiskey

The festival is also stacked with a line-up of BOMB ASS music over the weekend. Check out the Schedule below:

FRIDAY

Pokey LaFarge

Bear Vs Shark

Ohio Wild

The Messenger Birds

SATURDAY

Laith Al-Saadi

Stone Clover

Robert Bradley

Holly Bernt Band

Ben Keeler Band

Kevin Thibodeau & Cast Iron Horns

The Doozers

Billy Brandt & The Sugarees

SUNDAY

Electric Stix

Ancient Language

The Beggars

Duende

Mark Mallman

Strange Heart

Kimball

The Festival ends at Midnight on Friday & Saturday and 11 pm on Sunday. If you want to keep the party flowing, head on over to The Loving Touch for the after party.

The Loving Touch After Party Line-Up (bands listed from latest to earliest)

FRIDAY

Tart

The High Strung

Kommander

SATURDAY

Saajtak

Bent Knee

Summer Like the Season

SUNDAY

Scarlet Lies

The Dropout

Vazum

There is also a special ticket package available online for the connoisseurs of the premium stuff. The ticket package affords you a special tent that features 40 premium whiskeys, scotches and bourbons. As well as a cooling station and access to indoor bathrooms.

I, however, am not that fancy. I’ll be rolling with the regular peeps on a budget. From experience, here’s what to expect and how to prepare:

Bring cash – you’ll be buying tickets to exchange for beer, whiskey and BBQ food. This is an easy way to make quick transactions.

Also, the lovely people pouring your beer are volunteers from non-profits. All the tips go directly to their organization. TIP YOUR BARTENDERS :)

Parking is going to suck – plan on parking at least a few blocks away (parking at meters is free on Sunday’s)

It is going to be crowded & hot – for this reason, I like to go a little later once the crowd has died down and the sun isn’t blazing hot. Going on Sunday is also a good idea because a lot of people have already come and gone -- it’s sort of an industry night.

Bring wet naps – There is no doubt you are going to get down on some BBQ food that’s going to leave your fingers sticky AF. Score mega cool points with your friends when you come to the rescue with wet naps (MAJOR MOM MOVE.)

Bring tissue & hand sanitizer – As any good festival would have – your bathroom options are pretty limited to port-o-potties. Super gross. Help yourself out and bring some TP and hand sanitizer to come out as unscathed as possible.

The ride and driver situation can (and should) raise a concern when drinking adult beverages. Lyft is offering is offering 20% off your ride to-and-from Pig & Whiskey with up to $5 off for all new and existing customers.

 

Cheers, 

xoxo Lately with Lo

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Paint to Table Fundraiser for Murals in the Market

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Paint to Table Fundraiser for Murals in the Market

If you’re anything like me, you love vintage furniture AND seven-course dinners. Especially when they’re combined.

On Thursday, June 28th from 6p.m.-9:30p.m., you can help Detroit’s innovative project of Murals in the Market with a fundraising dinner at 900 Tower + Terrace in Eastern Market.

 Promotional poster for one of our favorite and innovative Detroit events. Photo via  @muralsinthemarket  on Facebook

Promotional poster for one of our favorite and innovative Detroit events. Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

Along with enjoying a seven-course family style dinner prepared by Chef Marc Djozlija of Wright and Co. and his team, with wine and cocktails (obviously) included, participants can bid on original painted chairs made by some of the city’s most notorious artists. Many of the artists are also creators of Murals in the Market, too.

Attendees can see the highly-discussed murals from viewpoints they’ve never seen before while being able to chat with the festival crew and alumna as well.

 Just one of the vibrant murals displayed in Eastern Market from back in October. Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

Just one of the vibrant murals displayed in Eastern Market from back in October. Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

All of the funds from the event will go solely to the Murals in the Market cause— unify the residents and business owners of Eastern Market by the power of public art, encourage year-round liveliness, increase activity and economic impact in the neighborhood, harness underused spaces, and create a stronger bond throughout the community.

Our very own Candice Simons is part of the hosting committee, along with Chef Marc Djozlija (Wright and Co.), Dan and Vivian Carmody (Eastern Market Corporation), Rick and Yolanda Williams (Distinct Life/Cream Blends), Paige Lustig (PageBoy), and Melinda Anderson (Detroit Month of Design).

 We're (almost) as excited as Candice for the first annual Paint to Table dinner! Photo via  @muralsinthemarket  on Facebook

We're (almost) as excited as Candice for the first annual Paint to Table dinner! Photo via @muralsinthemarket on Facebook

The event itself is sold out, but don't fret if you don't have tickets! A block party to support Murals in the Market will go down on September 15th, presented by Paxahau, 1xRUN, and Detroit Hustles Harder. There will be live music too, with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, Sheefy McFly, and more.

Hope you're ready to have some super jel friends over some one-of-a-kind chairs.

Wine, dine, and keep paintin' on,

Autumn.

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Is it possible to live zero waste?

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Is it possible to live zero waste?

Let Corinne Loperfido inspire you to give a f*ck.

 Photo from @ corinneloperfido

Photo from @corinneloperfido

I met the LA-based, traveling artist, costume designer, and party planner last fall, at Desert Daze. She is the brains behind Pussy Power House and wants people to think about the environmental repercussions of their everyday actions. By throwing educational ragers across the country, Corinne spreads awareness of fundamental issues facing society.

 Corrine in her studio

Corrine in her studio

On International Women’s Day, I met with Corinne in her Los Angeles studio to get to know Pussy Power House a little better and learn more about Corinne’s story. Our conversation made me aware of how much I assume and take for granted… like the water turning on tomorrow.

Typically, Corinne throws an event a month, sometimes in L.A., sometimes in a city she’s visiting. The parties, better described as social get togethers for like-minded people, are centered around a topic or issue. After planning most events, Corinne documents the information and research she learned from collaborators along the way, into a beautiful zine.

 Zero Waste Zine

Zero Waste Zine

 Zero Waste Zine 

Zero Waste Zine 

The Zero Waste Zine details alternative choices to environmentally unaware decisions and talks about how to live a waste-free life.

 Zero Waste Zine

Zero Waste Zine

Practicing what she preaches, Corinne routinely refills mason jars at bulk food stores instead of a typical grocery store. Her pantry is meticulously organized with labeled, glass jars itemizing the weight of the jar and the contents, for faster shopping.

 Corinne's pantry

Corinne's pantry

To combat the never ending influx of waste, Corinne repurposes waste into art pieces like her trash alter and soda-pop porch railing.

 A repurposed trash alter in Corinne's backyard

A repurposed trash alter in Corinne's backyard

 Cans repurposed into porch railing

Cans repurposed into porch railing


What YOU can do NOW, to make a difference:

●      Drink beverages in reusable, glass containers instead of plastic bottles.

●      Find grocery stores with a bulk dried food section and bring your own glass jars for refilling.

●      Use reusable bags while shopping - better yet, keep them in your car to plan ahead!

●      Keep a metal fork + spoon with a cloth napkin in a pencil case, in your bag.


Corinne calls for people to take responsibility for their choices instead of apathetically excuse toxic behavior because it’s the convenient option. 

Follow Corinne and Pussy Power House on Instagram for inspiration, motivation, and tough love! 

&&& Check out Corinne's next-level costume design below. 

 Costumes and Jewelry made by Corinne  

Costumes and Jewelry made by Corinne  

 Headpieces made by Corinne 

Headpieces made by Corinne 

Happy Earth Day Humans,

Boho Barbie

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Easy Ways to Volunteer During the Holidays

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Easy Ways to Volunteer During the Holidays

AS THE HOLIDAYS, SHOPPING AND GIFTS APPROACH, IT'S NICE TO TAKE A STEP BACK TO HELP THE GREATER COMMUNITY. AFTER ALL, IT IS THE SEASON OF GIVING AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOR THIS TRADITION THAN TO VOLUNTEER AT A DETROIT BASED CHARITY. HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES IN THE CITY: 

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EMPTY BOWLS DETROIT BENEFITTING CASS COMMUNITY SERVICE

Empty Bowls Detroit (EBD) is looking for volunteers to paint and “throw” bowls for it’s annual fundraiser. EBD holds the yearly fundraiser in Eastern Market Shed #5 during the spring to raise money for Cass Community Social Services. It’s a fun social event with a cause! At the end of the event night, each guest takes home a hand painted bowl, as a reminder that there is always an empty bowl that needs filling. To sign up for a bowl painting workshop click HERE.

All proceeds benefit Cass Community Social Services whose mission is to provide food, housing, health services, and job programs to those in need.

GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK

A resource for food and education, Gleaners seeks to end hunger in Southeast Michigan. A simple and easy way to help this amazing organization is to volunteer at their distribution center in Detroit. Grab a group of friends and register HERE to help Gleaners with sorting and packing non perishables and fresh produce. You can click HERE to find even more opportunities to volunteer at Gleaners Community Food Bank.

FOCUS: HOPE

The mission of Focus: Hope is to “...pledge intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty, and injustice. And to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection.” Focus: Hope has a great need for volunteers including: a graphic designer, data entry, classroom assistant, mock interviewers, helping with food packing, and many more. There are so many ways to get involved with Focus: Hope, and you can check out their full listing HERE.

COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter)

COTS mission is to alleviate homelessness in the City of Detroit through services and long term solutions that promote self-sufficiency and quality affordable housing. Two volunteer opportunities at COTS are: (1) to help with their food service program/kitchen staff assistance, and (2) organization of clothes donations. COTS encourages many different groups to volunteer including families, religious affiliated groups, corporate groups, and more. We partnered with COTS through Alley Taco and donated 10% of Wednesday sales back to the non-profit. You can find out more information on volunteering at COTS: HERE.

DETROIT DOG RESCUE

A perfect volunteer opportunity for any animal lover, “Detroit Dog Rescue is focused on raising awareness for the plight of the forgotten, homeless and stray dogs of Detroit.” There are many ways to get involved in this organization including adoption, fostering, and volunteering at their facilities. Right now, Detroit Dog Rescue has openings for kennel attendants. To learn more about this organization and apply for a volunteer position, you can click HERE.

Wishing warm and safe holidays to everyone in Detroit. Especially to those who need it most!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit 


 

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The Best Ways to Make a Difference in Detroit

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The Best Ways to Make a Difference in Detroit

WE WORKED WITH CURBED DETROIT TO PUT TOGETHER THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN DETROIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND YEAR ROUND.

When putting together this list we realized when it comes to making a change at the local level, the smallest actions can spur the biggest changes—and starting small is often the best way to a larger commitment to activism. So let's come together and get involved in small but substantial ways that can make Detroit a better place.

Read the full write-up via Curbed Detroit HERE. 

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit 

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THE ANNUAL GOBBLE WOBBLE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

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THE ANNUAL GOBBLE WOBBLE IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER

DANCING, DRINKING, NEW FRIEND AND OLD - ATTEND THE GOBBLE WOBBLE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AND HELP SUPPORT THE YOUTH OF DETROIT. 

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The good people at Born and Raised Detroit have raised over $400,000 nation wide through events like the Gobble Wobble to give back to the kids in Detroit. 

For more info click HERE. For tickets click HERE

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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5 Minutes with Lola Gibson-Berg of Roses's Fine Food

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5 Minutes with Lola Gibson-Berg of Roses's Fine Food

LOLA GIBSON-BERG OF ROSE'S FINE FOOD IS HOSTING HER FIRST POP-UP DINNER THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 27TH WITH SEATING AT 6 & 7:30 PM. WE SPENT 5 MINUTES WITH LOLA TO CHAT ABOUT HER UPCOMING POP-UP DINNER, FOOD, TRAVEL AND MORE! 

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JD: How long have you been working at Rose’s Fine Food and what is your role in the business?

LOLA: I’ve been working at Rose’s for a little over a year- I started August of 2016. Right now, I am the catering manager and baking and cooking in the back. So for catering manager, I take orders for anything from a birthday cake to a dozen donuts… sometimes four hundred donuts. I also take orders for parties, dinners, meetings and things like that. I am also currently putting together a holiday catering menu. Basically, if you want something beyond than what’s in the bake case or on the menu, I facilitate that. Then, as a baker, I make the bread and daily baked goods. I also make soups, beans, grits, anything that goes in the soup well.

 Lola Gibson-Berg is hosting her first Fall Pop-Up on October 27th.

Lola Gibson-Berg is hosting her first Fall Pop-Up on October 27th.

JD: How did you come into your role as a baker?

LOLA: My dad did a lot of baking growing up making my birthday cakes, seasonal swedish christmas cookies and cinnamon rolls. Summer of 2016 I had finished a two year commitment with a volunteer corps (Cap Corps Midwest). I wanted to expand my cooking and baking skill set, and Rose’s was willing to train me. I’ve learned so much in the past year, primarily through the mentorship of my coworkers. One thing I enjoy about baking is how excited people are when you make something special for them, like if they’re picking up a birthday cake for a friend or as a surprise, it’s cool to be a part of that.

 Gibson-Berg bakes many of the sweets available at Rose’s Fine Food.

Gibson-Berg bakes many of the sweets available at Rose’s Fine Food.

JD: What’s your favorite thing to bake?

LOLA: I do love making pumpkin cake. Here {at Rose’s Fine Food} I make it like a quickbread, but it’s technically a cake. I enjoy trying the recipe with different types of pumpkins. I will be making it at my Pop-Up Dinner. I like making it because it’s my dad’s family recipe and I have a lot of great memories of it growing up. He’d make it for homeroom snack when I was a kid and parents and teachers would ask for the recipe but the answer was always a kind “no.”

JD: Can you tell us a little bit about your Fall Pop-Up Dinner?

LOLA: My Pop-Up Dinner is in a series of pop-ups that Rose’s does, which supports Rose’s cooks to enrich their skill set. So, once you’ve worked here for six months, you can host a pop-up, and the money you raise goes towards taking a cooking class anywhere you want. Cooking classes can be pricey, and if you are working in the restaurant industry, you may not have disposable income to take a high level course. The program allows individuals to grow and dive deeper into their interests. Program participants lead a workshop for the rest of the staff when they return, so we also get to showcase what we’ve learned and share out.

JD: Can you tell us a little bit about your Fall Pop-Up Dinner?

LOLA: My pop-up doesn't necessarily have a larger theme to it, but I wanted it to be seasonal and food that people might not necessarily make themselves, at home. I also wanted the menu to be personal. So, I’m making a mulled hibiscus apple cider. Hibiscus is used to make tea in many countries around the world but is known as “Sorrel” in Jamaica, which is where my grandmother is from. I’m also doing a tomato and okra sauce over “kofta” lamb meatballs, which is a Northern African version of meatballs. And then for dessert I’ll be making the pumpkin cake, and serving it with Lingonberry jam, which is popular in Sweden.

 Rose's Fine Food counter

Rose's Fine Food counter

JD: Where are you planning on taking a cooking class?

LOLA: I will be taking my class in Jamaica. I got to go there for the first time this past Christmas. I’m craving spending more time with my family there, learning more about Jamaican foodways and history, as well as my own ancestry. I had a conversation with someone the other day about meat patties, the Jamaican version of dumplings. The dough requires practice and technique, and every family has their own recipe. I’m curious if my family has its own recipe!

Click HERE to purchase your tickets to Lola’s Fall Pop-Up. The ticket sales will help to fund Lola’s trip to Jamaica where she’ll spend time learning the local cuisine. Good luck in Jamaica, Lola. We’re rooting for you!

xoxo,

Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit

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Fun Fundraiser Alert: Neighbors at the Nest

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Fun Fundraiser Alert: Neighbors at the Nest

The Tricycle Collective is a nonprofit near and dear to my heart.

Read this Metro Times article to learn about the organization and the housing crisis facing the Detroit community.

Tomorrow, come to Neighbors at the Nest, an event at the Do Not Bid Mural in West Village to help raise money for families in tax foreclosure.

 Photo of Artists, Ellen Rut and Ouizi, taken at last year's event. 

Photo of Artists, Ellen Rut and Ouizi, taken at last year's event. 

Throughout October, all funds raised will provide families with children the starting bid they may need to purchase the home they already live in from the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction.

ROCKETMANxix will be performing, friends will get together, and smiles will be shared. Read my coverage of last year's event here

Bring yourself and maybe a chair.

Friends, food, and funds are appreciated. Click here to donate online and learn more about how we can #keepdetroitathome.

See you there,

Boho Barbie

 

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Why I'm Crazy About the Lip Bar

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Why I'm Crazy About the Lip Bar

THE LIP BAR, FOUNDED IN 2012, IS A DETROIT BASED MAKEUP COMPANY FEATURING AN ARRAY OF LIP PRODUCTS: LIPSTICK, LIQUID MATTE AND GLOSS. THEIR PRODUCTS HAVE QUICKLY BECOME BY GO-TO LIP CARE AND HERE'S WHY:

 Inside of The Lip Bar

Inside of The Lip Bar

QUALITY

First and foremost, The Lip Bar manufactures a high quality product. The recipes are vegan, organic, cruelty-free and most importantly, they LAST. I’ve been using their gloss, “Class Act,” religiously this past summer and it withstood everything from work, to drinks with my girls, and even Mo POP festival. “Class Act,” my summer obsession, is a gorgeous burgundy gloss with a lustrous shimmer. Other popular shades are “Bawse Lady” (a knockout red), “Curlfriend” (a rosey matte shade), and “Prima Donna” (a bold purple). The Lip Bar unveils new products regularly. Within the coming weeks, four new glosses and three mattes are expected to hit shelves.

  Class Act, Curlfriend, Prima Donna

Class Act, Curlfriend, Prima Donna

INCLUSIVE

The Lip Bar focuses on enhancing the natural beauty of customers of all color. Seriously, there is a shade out there for everybody! Not only that, the brand encourages defying traditional beauty standards that promote mostly nude and pink lip shades. The colors range from dark and moody to fun and vibrant- with a mix of everything in between. If you’ve never ventured outside the pink tones, I highly recommend you head over to their storefront in West Village to try out some new lipsticks!

AFFORDABLE

I used to purchase my lip products at Sephora, but but with popular brands like Nars, Dior, and YSL inching towards the $30+ mark, it’s hardly worth it anymore. Pricing for The Lip Bar products ranges from $12-$13, which is incredibly reasonable. Not only does the Lip Bar maintains a great price point they do so  without sacrificing quality or variety. It’s a win-win.

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FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

The storefront in West Village is an inclusive space that allows customers to sit down and try on any lip product in front of one of two adorable vanities. The friendly staff is more than accommodating and very knowledgeable. You’ll often find owner Melissa assisting customers, explaining her products, and sharing her story. She’s so personable! I also recently met one of The Lip Bar employees, Whitney, who is a Michigan-based makeup artist. You can find some of her looks on her Instagram @whippedbywhitmua.

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DETROIT BASED

The Lip Bar was founded by Detroiter Melissa Butler who wanted to create fun, and vibrant lip products without all of the harmful ingredients. The brand operates a pop-up storefront in West Village, Detroit where customers can try The Lip Bar’s range of products. Recently, The Lip Bar became a finalist in the 2017 Hatch Detroit Contest for a $50,000 grant in hopes of opening a manufacturing center in Detroit. While another business, Baobab Fare, ultimately took home the grant, The Lip Bar continues with big plans in the city of Detroit.

So there you have it- five reasons I’m crazy about The Lip Bar! If you haven’t tried this brand yet, I definitely recommend you stop by their pop-up location in West Village or head to their website www.thelipbar.com.

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Detroit Design Festival Means an Extra Special Drinks X Design

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Detroit Design Festival Means an Extra Special Drinks X Design

On Thursday, September 14th there is an *amplified* Drinks X Design taking place in celebration of the UNESCO Detroit Design Festival.

Drinks X Design will be a four location, Downtown crawl showcasing ROSSETTI, Detroit is the New Black, Detroit Design 139 and Bamboo Detroit.

The four spots are a walkable distance from each other. There will be music, hor d'oeuvres, complimentary beverages and a whole lot of creative energy.

 Photo Courtesy of Drinks X Design 

Photo Courtesy of Drinks X Design 

Drinks X Design are one of my favorite recurring events in the city, read my recap of the Drinks X Design holiday party here.

It’s a great opportunity to network and learn about new businesses, projects, and initiatives taking place in the city.

Not to mention it’s a great excuse to get glammed up.

See you there

-Boho Barbie

 

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#JadoreExclusive: On the Phone with Fresh Cut Farm

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#JadoreExclusive: On the Phone with Fresh Cut Farm

Tucked away in Woodbridge, Fresh Cut Flower Farm is making a name for Detroit in the locally grown flower community.

Read our #JadoreExclusive phone interview with Owner, Sarah Pappas, to learn how she focuses on sustainably improving her footprint instead of growing her footprint.


Need to Know

 Photo from Fresh Cut Flower Farm

Photo from Fresh Cut Flower Farm

 

 

Who // Sarah Pappas

 

What // Fresh Cut Flower Farm

 

Where // 1764 W Forest Ave, Detroit, MI 48208

 

Website


J'adore: Tell me about Fresh Cut Flower Farm

Sarah: "Fresh cut is a flower farm in it’s fourth season, in Woodbridge at Rosa Parks & Forest. I’ve been doing this kind of work in some shape or form for the last ten years. I try to work hard to be conscious, grounded, positive and reciprocal. The farm is going great, this year we have four people in crew and two youth harvest crew members. This year is really about infrastructure development and making the most out of our foot print. I want to grow the business by producing more beautiful and rare flowers.

We bought our house and the three adjacent lots with a conventional mortgage four years ago. Over the course of several years I was able to purchase three additional lots that surround the property. We would like to the rest of the lots on the block to be secured as the community garden that already operates, park space, and habitat for the pheasants and bunnies that live there. We're in talks with the Land Bank.

As the neighborhood has more economical desire, I don’t want to see the neighborhood losing eco diversity. We’re in the planning stages of putting a monarch habitat on one of our properties."       

J'adore: How did Fresh Cut start?

Sarah: "I was working for one of the nonprofits in town, farming for Keep Growing Detroit. My husband and I were ready to buy a house with land. I was keeping an eye on the national trend of small businesses and fresh cut flowers. Locally grown flowers are gaining in terms of demand and it made sense to open our own farm."

J'adore: What does your yearly routine look like? What are you doing in fall, winter, spring, and summer?

Sarah: "In the fall, we staff up a little to get big projects done like planting bulbs, laying out new pathways, investing in next year. In the springtime we harvest the bulbs and work on early marketing, bed planting, and have a rigorous planting schedule after week 13. In July, August and September we’re jamming. Winter slows down and there’s more time to spend with family and work on professional development."

J'adore: Do you have plans for expansion?

Sarah: "A lot of it has to do with jobs. We want to keep our footprint, or lot size, the same while creating more jobs. We’ve been hiring people in different ways, this year we’re able to provide a stable livelihood to people. It’s unbelievable how many amazing applicants with great experience have applied. Our assistant manager returned from last year. We want to focus on managing and selling products better to provide more jobs. It’s our driving force."

J'adore: Where can people buy your flowers?

Sarah: "All around town! This week is the end of our climate change super sale. Things are blooming a lot earlier than we expected. You can pick your own stems from the Farmer’s Hand this summer for $1 each. We do a lot of special events and weddings. We also have a weekly bouquet service in the spring and summer. The spring service is almost sold out, but the summer 10 week bouquet service is still available!"

J'adore: What is the weekly bouquet service?

Sarah: "We offer pick up or delivery, we charge a lot for delivery to get you to the farm to pick it up. When you come to the farm you can choose what bouquet you want. We like to flex our design muscles with the weekly bouquet service and try new things- we do amazing work with texture and foliage. The service is a really great way to have a beautiful reminder of the place and time you’re in each week."

J'adore: Who do you partner with in the city?

Sarah: "Oh Geez, so many people! For the Climate Change Super Sale, everyone selling for me is a friend. I partner hard with the urban agricultural community. I buy supplies from Detroit Farm and Garden. Made Floral at Shinola is the only florist I’m selling to currently. I would love for people to go into Shinola and ask for “Fresh Cut Detroit” by name. My drive is to increase the demand for locally grown flowers- we have so much room to grow it."

J'adore: How is Detroit for growing flowers?

Sarah: "It’s great! My model for growing is a great fit, I don’t depend too heavily on one type of crop. Having one crop is always a risk, our strength is having a diverse variety of flowers."

 J'adore: What are three essential gardening tips you can you share with J’adore readers?

Sarah:

1. "Pay attention to the weather! Observing the weather will make you a better gardener, it will cause you to make small adjustments as necessary

2. Have a reciprocal relationship with your garden. You need to be putting back as much as you’re taking out

3. Diversity is key, create a habitat for all types of pollinators, if one thing fails something else will succeed!"

J'adore: What do you want people to know about Fresh Cut that they might not know already.

Sarah: "We're open to the public every Thursday evening 4-8pm. It's a great time to see the farm, smell the flowers, and play with the dog. We’re located at the corner of W. Forest Ave & Rosa Parks in Woodbridge, Detroit, 48208."


Check out the farm for yourself On Thursday Afternoons and make sure you ask for "Fresh Cut Detroit" next time you're in Shinola!

 Photo from Fresh Cut Flower Farm

Photo from Fresh Cut Flower Farm

Keep the weekly bouquet subscription in mind for Mother's Day- talk about the best present ever. Or, Pre-buy a Special Mother's Day Bouquet and pick it up from the farm on Friday, May 12th for $20. 

Sincerely,

Samantha Robinson

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Beckett on Board: Earth Day Edition

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Beckett on Board: Earth Day Edition

It’s finally safe to it out loud, folks -– Spring has arrived!

Getting outside, taking in that fresh air and the natural surroundings has never felt so good, right?! How appropriate that Earth Day, a holiday meant to raise awareness of environmental issues and celebrate our beautiful planet, is held during these first sweet moments of Spring.

In an effort to celebrate this holiday and introduce the importance of being mindful of our environment in general, I’ve been looking for ways to expose B to the workings of the planet and earth-friendly habits.  We started our month by checking out the Michigan Science Center, located right across the way from one of our favorite spots, the DIA, on John R St. in Detroit.

The museum is visually captivating and stimulating (for any age!) with two spacious levels showcasing over 200 hands-on exhibits and activities. The main floor includes displays and interactive features about Health and Wellness, Machines, Roadways, and Energy. B loved putting on his engineer’s hat as he walked the Mini Mac Bridge and manipulated simple machines in the Factory Exhibit.

In addition to putting on live shows and demonstrations, the lower level houses many exhibits that are as engaging as much as they are enriching.  A favorite of ours is the Space Exhibit where you can view a Space Shuttle launch, take a tour of the galaxy, and learn about the history of space travel.

Exploration and discovery is definitely the name of the game at the Michigan Science Center. In addition to viewing the exhibits, B had the chance to build and innovate in the Kidstruction Zone and Spark Lab. The museum also has a Kids Town for younger children, Planetarium, and an IMAX theatre, which currently features the films Born to Be Wild and Dream Big

Although this day trip was spent indoors, the museum provided an opportunity to explore our “Earth” and learn about Science-related concepts. Definitely a place to inspire curious minds and get in touch with our special planet!                    

Looking to celebrate Earth Day with your family? Meet zookeepers, make earth-friendly crafts, and learn about our environment with games and stories. Hope to see you at one of these green-themed events on April 22, 2017!

Annual Earth Day Festival in Ann Arbor (free!)

Leslie Science and Nature Center

1831 Traver Rd.

Noon – 4 p.m.

 

Earth and Science Month in Detroit

Michigan Science Center

5020 John R St.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

Green Day in Detroit (free!)

Belle Isle Nature Center

176 Lakeside Drive

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Earth Day Event in Farmington Hills (free!)

Heritage Park Nature Center

24915 Farmington Rd.

Noon - 2 p.m.

 

MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester (free!)

3rd and Water St.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

GreenFest in Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoo

8450 W. 10 Mile Rd.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Earth Day at the Royal Oak Farmers Market (free!)

316 E. 11 Mile Rd.

7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

More events listed here.

XO

K + B

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Earth Day, in the D

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Earth Day, in the D

What are you doing for the Earth, this weekend?

If you’re like me, volunteering always sounds like a good idea but gets lost in execution. It’s hard  to take on an extra commitment - especially on weekend mornings.

But this Saturday is Earth Day and we need to stop making excuses, and get out there, and help make the world a better place!

 Photo via  Indiegogo

Photo via Indiegogo

Treat Belle Isle to some much needed TLC this Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 and volunteer for the annual Spring Clean Up.

Belle Isle is a beautiful sanctuary, a slice of paradise in the middle of Detroit’s industrial geography.

Bring your rake, work gloves and any other cleanup supplies you might have and head to the Flynn Pavilion at 8 AM. for registration and site-assignment. Bring your friends and make new friends, you’re guaranteed to meet some quality people volunteering!

On Sunday, April 23 head to the Fresh Cut Flower Farm at 1764 W. Forest Ave. Detroit, MI 48208 from 2-6 PM to help clean up the woodlot next to the farm and renovate their perennials.

If you haven’t heard of Fresh Cut, check out their site immediately. The weekly bouquet service would be an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift.

After Earth Day, keep doing good for the ground.

 

 

Participate in the 4th Annual Hantz Foundation Tree Planting Day, on May 6th at Hutchinson Elementary located at 2600 Garland St, Detroit, MI, 48214. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Lunch and ice cream is provided, food trucks and stands will be onsite, local businesses will be showcasing products, there will be a live DJ AND face painting. Sounds like a party to me!

 

 

Get involved with an urban gardening initiative.

 Photo from   Urban Ecology

Photo from Urban Ecology

Plum Street Garden

I recently went to Plum Street Garden’s open volunteer hours and it was cathartic. I spent two hours transplanting the tiniest baby plants imaginable into new container. It was adorable and stress relieving, 10/10 would recommend to a friend. On Tuesdays and Thursday from 5-7 PM and Fridays from 9 AM-12 PM Plum Street Garden, next to MGM Casino, hosts open volunteer hours. It’s a hassle free way to get involved with a good cause- there’s no recurring commitment and you’re free to come and go as you wish. Stop by the garden and they’ll put you to work, it’s that easy!

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative has open volunteer hours Saturday from 10AM - 4PM at 7432 Brush St. Detroit, MI 48202. Come when you want, leave when you want. The MUFI is redeveloping a two-square block in North End, Detroit. It’s a huge project and they need your help!

 

Get your hands dirty and do good in the d! 

peace,

Boho Barbie

 

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Slow Roll 2017 Home Opener

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Slow Roll 2017 Home Opener

KICKING OFF THE 2017 SEASON

5/1 @ EASTERN MARKET

 photo by Roots Photography

photo by Roots Photography

WHAT IS SLOW ROLL?

information directly from the SLOW ROLL HOMEPAGE

Slow Roll is a group bicycle ride that meets every Monday night in Detroit and has expanded into a national network of community rides. Each week we meet at different venues and take a unique route throughout the city, including all the major and minor neighborhoods that we are so proud of.

Slow Roll is for everyone; all ages, all skill levels and every type of bike is welcome. Our slow pace keeps the group safe and gives riders a unique perspective of our great city and its neighborhoods. Slow Roll is far more than just a bike ride, in its 7th year, this unique 501c3 nonprofit brings together thousands of people from all over the region during 25 weekly bike rides a year to discover more about our city and each other. 

In 2016, Slow Roll grew to over 12,000 registered riders and that number continues to increase. In 2017, Slow Roll is focusing on continuing to educate people about Detroit, engage riders with local businesses and charities, and create the cohesive and peaceful community we all strive for. 

We believe that Slow Roll is transforming Detroit through exercise, education, experiences, and community. 

The positive energy and community driven atmosphere is what keeps people coming back and sharing the Slow Roll experience with their friends and family!

 photo by Roots Photography

photo by Roots Photography

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

 

RESPECT for the community and SAFTEY are paramount. If we cannot be respectful and safe, we can't Slow Roll, simple as that. These basic rules will accomplish our goals and maintain a positive impression of not only Slow Roll, but of cycling as a whole. Make sure you're following the Code of Conduct at all times and helping to inform new riders. You'll have the full support of the SQUAD behind you, but it's up to each of us to be responsible for ourselves and each other. 

#SQUAD IS KING

The SQUAD is what makes Slow Roll work, they are the volunteers in yellow shirts that keep you safe and on the road. They make and test the routes, fix your flats, lead the ride, direct traffic and keep everyone safe. LISTEN to the SQUAD at all times; do as they say and encourage other riders to do the same. While we appreciate riders taking on the responsibility of promoting our Code of Conduct, we ask that you allow SQUAD to handle all traffic situations. Do not attempt to cork or block traffic, our SQUAD is trained to know when to stop the ride and when to stop vehicle traffic for the ride. Their efforts are coordinated over miles of riders, so always follow directions from any SQUAD member and THANK them for their service!

ON THE ROAD

Come Prepared // Make sure your bike is in good working order BEFORE coming to the meeting location. Bring plenty of water, a spare tube for flats, your helmet and a light kit. The SQUAD is there if you need them, but you should come as prepared as possible.

Stay Right // Always stay on the right side of the road, using no more than two lanes, and NEVER cross the yellow line into oncoming traffic, even if there are no cars. Let's show the community that we can share the roads safely and respectfully. 

Communicate // Use hand and verbal signals to communicate with other riders. Shout out turns, stops, passing, debris or obstructions, and anything else that will keep the group safe. 

Stay Alert & Be Aware // It's important to pay attention to what's going on around you. You're surrounded by thousands of bikers and hundreds of motorists at any given time, over a changing terrain. Make sure you're conscious of everyone and everything around you to keep yourself and other safe.

Share the Road //  If we want motorists to respect us, we must lead by example by respecting them as well.  Before and after the ride, be sure to keep the road clear. Always leave a lane open while riding and when you hear "car back" be sure to move as far to the right as possible to allow traffic to pass safely. When coming to a stop, do not ride past those stopping in front of you – stay in line.

Stick Together // If you see a gap forming, ride a little faster to keep the group together. Wide gaps in the ride can leave room for cars to break the pack, a potentially dangerous situation. 

Roll Slow // We call it Slow Roll for a reason! Stay behind the leader at all times. Do not weave in and out of other riders or speed past each other. If you want to ride fast, join SQUAD and try to keep up.

Don't Be Sweet // Please don't do tricks in the crowd, pop wheelies, jump curbs or try to show off. We don't care how good you are, in a large group accidents can and will happen. BMX riders are more than welcome, but should stay on the sidewalks and away from the crowd while doing tricks. 

AS A GROUP

Don’t Litter // Littering is not acceptable. Come prepared with an old grocery bag for your trash or be sure to find public receptacles along the way. Show respect for our city – let's make it better, not worse.

Encourage Positivity //  Our goal is to bring people together. Biking is nearly as universal as smiling, offering a great way to bring our city together. We're here to do something good – negative or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.

Play Music Respectfully // Keep your music at a reasonable volume to be sure that communication between riders can be maintained. We do not promote censorship, but having respect for those around you is important. Please refrain from playing explicit music. Slow Roll is like a family, one that includes people of all ages and from all walks of life.  

Make Friends & Have Fun // Meet people and get involved, Slow Roll strengthens our community by bringing people together.

 photo by Roots Photography

photo by Roots Photography

 MEMBERSHIP PLANS

Slow Roll is a 501c3 nonprofit striving to create unique cycling experiences for people of all ages, races, genders, and skill levels. We have created the Membership system to ensure our riders are safe, thanks to the hardwork of the Detroit Police Department, and as the rides continue to grow, the organization can manage larger numbers and greater impact.

We continue to offer a Free Membership, because we never want to turn anyone away from Slow Roll. However, we do have a Basic Membership Donation ($15 a year) or a Premium Membership Donation ($60 a year) option available. All Membership Donations go directly back into the organization's operating costs, police assistance, and city permits.

In addition to giving back to the organization that makes these weekly rides possible, your donation enrolls you in our Membership Discount Program, which gives you incentives and deals at local bars, restaurants, and retail stores. We sincerely appreciate your consideration when signing up for a Membership, without our community's support Slow Roll would not be possible! 

All ride participants must complete the online application HERE and sign the appropriate waivers to participate

@SLOWROLLMIKE on YOUTUBE

PLEASE LIKE/SHARE/SUBSCRIBE - See how Slow Roll brings communities together. Detroit Bikes!!! Hope to see all of you May 1st, at Eastern Market, for the official start of Slow Roll 2017. #slowrolldetroit #slowroll #squad

 

SEE YOU ALL OUT THERE!

 

XOXO

 

J'ADORE DETROIT

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Bike, Boogie and Bowl: Slow Roll's Pre-Season Fundraiser

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Bike, Boogie and Bowl: Slow Roll's Pre-Season Fundraiser

Help Slow Roll raise funds this Thursday from 7-10 p.m.

at the Majestic THEATRE COMPLEX

The pre-season kickoff party is jam packed with fun and functional things to get you and your bike ready for the first Slow Roll of the season on Monday, May 1st (Blog post to come re: the first slow roll of the season!).

our bud DJ Dante LaSalle will be spinning in the Majestic Cafe.

Membership registration, renewal, and volunteer sign up will be available on site as well in addition to bike tune ups by Motorless City Bicycle Company.  you don't want to show up to the first roll unprepared! come ready to roll. 

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After you boogie with Dante, bowl with your best buds next door at Garden Bowl, and join j hall in his 365 day quest for pizza. Come hungry as this happens to be one of jason's favorite place to get his pizza on - Sgt. Pepperoni’s - their cheese slices are out of this world.

Celebrate and support Slow Roll at one of Detroit’s longstanding favorite spots!

 

See you there!

 

J'adore Detroit

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Balancing on a Budget: a Week of Yoga in Detroit for $10

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Balancing on a Budget: a Week of Yoga in Detroit for $10

Last Friday I went to Bikram’s $5 Happy Hour Yin and i Haven't stopped talking about it since. The class was AMAZING! It was my first time in the Bikram studio and yes, I would recommend to a friend - and to readers.

 Photo from  Esther Gim

Photo from Esther Gim

As a college gal, maintaining a monthly unlimited membership at one of Detroit’s fabulous yoga studios is out of my budget.

Yoga can be an expensive practice. Thankfully, Detroit yogis care about their community and make yoga accessible to everyone.

Follow the schedule below and pay $10 for a week of yoga in Detroit.

(be a good person and make donations when you can)  


Monday:

Yoganic Flow - 5:00-6:00pm

Yoganic Flow - 7:00-8:00pm

Iyengar Yoga Detroit - (sliding scale $5-$20) Black and Brown Community Gift 7:15-8:30pm

 

Tuesday:

Yoganic Flow - 6:00-7:00pm

Iyengar Yoga Detroit - (sliding scale $5-$20) Women’s Community Gift 5:30-6:45pm

 

Wednesday:

Yoganic Flow - 6:00-7:00pm

 

Thursday:

Yoganic Flow - 6:00-7:00pm

 

Friday:

Bikram Midtown - $5 Happy Hour 5:30-7:00pm and 7:30-8:30pm

 

Saturday:

Yoganic Flow - Family Yoga 11:00-11:45am

 

Sunday:

Citizen’s Yoga - Community Class 4:00-5:00pm
 


 Photo from Yoganic Flow Facebook Page 

Photo from Yoganic Flow Facebook Page 

Yoganic Flow is a unique yoga studio. their mission is to address the mental and physical needs of the urban community through meditation. In lieu of a studio, classes are taught at recreation centers around Detroit and outside in the summer. To participate in Yoganic Flow’s donation based classes, you have to purchase a Detroit Department of Recreation annual membership ($10 for residents, $20 for non residents).

 

 

thank you yoganic flow, iyengar detroit, bikram, and citizen's yoga for making yoga available to everyone. 

after class, show your appreciation by donating when possible and sharing your experience on social media!  

 

namaste

Sam Robinson

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Ice Slides, Zip-Lines and Set Times at Meridian Winter Blast!

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Ice Slides, Zip-Lines and Set Times at Meridian Winter Blast!

Calling all Detroit Families and Friends: Meridian Winter Blast is back and bigger than ever!

This coming weekend, January 20th -22nd, Meridian Winter Blast will transform Campus Martius Park into a winter-palooza of fun.

 Photo from  Metro Parent

Photo from Metro Parent

Guests can look forward to a special winter slide, free ice skating, marshmallow roasting, professional skating demonstrations and a zip line- Wooh! So many winter activities!

Food trucks will be around to keep you fueled and full. Four comfort zones will be stationed throughout the event, each zone will have its own special activities; stages will be set up to enjoy live music, “The Atrium at 1 Campus Martius” will be a pop-up boutique selling Detroit Goods, and “Marketing Associates Family Tent” will be filled with fun activities for the family during the day and become a stage for acoustic acts at night.

 Photo from  Opportunity Detroit  

Photo from Opportunity Detroit 

This year, the event was strategically scheduled to align with the last weekend of Auto Show, visitors with an Auto Show ticket from the same day can enter Winter Blast for free.

Admission is a $3 donation to Matrix Human Services or three canned food items.

There is plenty of fun for everyone, adults can enjoy live music while sipping Hot Totties at Bedrock’s Ice Bar. Children can spend the afternoon running from one activity to the next.

Bundle up and show up to Meridian Winter Blast, this coming weekend, and celebrate another winter in the city we love.

See you there!

-Sam

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Wolverine Human Services Needs Your Help!

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Wolverine Human Services Needs Your Help!

Author Elizabeth Andrew once said, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.”

Find time this holiday season to give back to your community and volunteer.

One of our favorite organizations in Detroit, Wolverine Human Services, is a great place to start. Their mission “Helping Children to be Victors” is carried out by helping kids overcome social and economic limitations to capitalize on their personal strengths and contribute to their own healing.

The organization provides a support system and effective treatment services to adolescent youth who have been victim to neglect or abuse and as a result have fallen into delinquent activity.

Wolverine Human Services needs your help to make Christmas Day extra special for 15 boys.

Most of their children get to go home and spend Holidays with their families. However, some children cannot return home for safety and security reasons. It is on Wolverine to ensure these young boys have presents to open and make sure Santa has not forgotten them.

Wolverine is asking people to donate card games, board games, basketballs, footballs, books, and toys. If they meet the needs for their youth, the extra toys will be donated to the Detroit Police Department 5th Precinct Sergeant Santa Program.

It is up to us to give these boys a Harry Potter Christmas; we can not let these kids think Santa forgot them!

Next time you’re at a store with toys please keep these boys in mind and find a special gift they would be excited to open on Christmas Day.

bring items to donate to Wolverine Center located at 2629 Lenox St Detroit, Mi 48215.

Participants are invited to WHS Annual Holiday Party at Wolverine Center. Children in the program, their families, WHS staff, supporters, and board members will celebrate the holidays with caroling, some gift opening, and a feast like no other.

After the holidays you can continue to support Wolverine Human Services by:

1. Signing up to volunteer

2. Shopping online at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate .5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchase to a charitable organization of your choice (Wolverine Human Services!)

3. Donate through their website

4. If you are a young professional between the ages of 20-39 join the Fresh Era Board to contribute to the organization’s marketing and branding, events, policy and procedure, social advocacy and land renovation project.

5. Apply to intern with Wolverine Human Services

To learn more about Wolverine Human Services click here

 

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Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue's 3rd Annual Feed the Homeless Thanksgiving Dinner.

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Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue's 3rd Annual Feed the Homeless Thanksgiving Dinner.

Make a difference this Thanksgiving and contribute to Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue’s 3rd Annual Feed the Homeless Thanksgiving Dinner.

 Photo from DYDR Facebook

Photo from DYDR Facebook

Bring blankets and clothes to donate and your favorite Thanksgiving dish to share. The event starts at 2PM at Detroit Youth and Dog Rescue headquarters; 2601 Michigan Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48216.

Lazybones Smokehouse is providing the Thanksgiving Turkey and Pork for main dishes- yum! DYDR is asking for sides and desserts to make the Thanksgiving feast complete.

To sign up mark “going” on the event’s Facebook page, post how many people you are bringing and what food you are making. Take time this Thanksgiving to support a great cause and gather with like minded people in your community.

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